G40 (Zanu-PF Faction)

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Generation 40

The Zanu-PF Generation 40, or G40 for short, was a group of Zanu-PF politicians that was believed to be working against the possibility of Emmerson Mnangagwa (Lacoste Faction) succeeding former president Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe. Tentative evidence indicates that the group at one point wase in favour of Mugabe's wife Grace Mugabe taking over from her husband as president.

The notion of G40 is believed to have been conceived by Jonathan Moyo, who was reported to be the brains behind the outfit. Moyo however denied its identity as a faction.[1]

The group was believed to be characterized of younger Zanu-PF members who are savvy and educated. The group was alluded to be led by Jonathan Moyo and Zanu-PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere but was fronted by the first lady, Grace Mugabe.

Where the name G40 came from according to Robert Mugabe

Members Believed to be G40

Kasukuwere denial of G40 Existence

In October 2015, Kasukuwere reportedly denied the existence of a Generation 40 group

"“G40 was a creation of Rugare Gumbo and his clique and anyone who regurgitates that is in agreement with him,”[2]

Jonathan Moyo on the G40 Existence

In May 2015, Jonathan Moyo Tweeted that a generation of young people was a reality in all political parties

So called Generation 40 or G40 can't be a Zanu PF faction save for open mouths & shut minds. G40 is a demographic reality across parties! [3]

Source of Name

The term Generation 40 was reported to have been derived from a constitutional provision in Zimbabwe’s supreme law allowing anyone above the age of 40 to be a presidential candidate.

November 2017 Army Arrest

After the army reportedly took over ,an arrest of key top government officials , whom they accused of misleading and holding Robert Mugabe to ransom and to be G40 members.The list included:

  • Augustine Chihuri
  • Jonathan Moyo
  • Saviour Kasukuwere
  • Ignatius Chombo
  • Kudzanai Chipanga



  1. Alex Magaisa, The Moyo-Charamba debate in Zanu PF’s succession drama, Alex Magaisa, Published: 29 January 2016, Retrieved: 30 Jan 2016
  2. Kasukuwere reads riot act, The Herald, Published:12 Oct 2015, Retrieved: 9 Dec 2015
  3. Generation 40, Twitter, Published: 9 May 2015, Retrieved: 9 Dec 2015
  4. arrests G40 ‘criminals’, Newsday, Published:16 November 2017 , Retrieved: 17 November 2017

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